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FLSA Designation: Exempt
May, 2005

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under direction of the Landscape/Facilities Manager, performs a variety of professional level duties and responsibilities in support of the City’s park planning functions including the planning and development of the City’s park system, open space, trails, and landscaped parkways; attends meetings to provide planning input on assigned projects; and coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies.

The Parks Planner classification is a single position class and is considered a professional level in which the incumbent is expected to independently perform the full scope of duties associated with parks planning. Assignments performed at this level require an in-depth knowledge relative to parks planning. This classification is distinguished from other City planning classifications by the performance of specialized responsibilities focused on planning and development of the City’s parks, open space, trails, and landscaped parkways.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Performs a variety of professional level duties and responsibilities in support of the City’s park planning functions including the planning and development of the City’s park system, open space, trails, and landscaped parkways; writes project specific Conditions of Approval (COA); participates in plan check process; attends preconstruction meetings as required; schedules and presents park plans to the Park and Recreation Commission for review and approval.
  2. Implements and updates the City’s Parks, Trails, and Recreation Master Plan that includes planning and development policies for community and neighborhood facilities, bicycle and multi-use trails, and open space areas; develops the annual report under the direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation.
  3. Conducts research and prepares schedules, projections, and expenditures concerning landscape development needs and plans; prepares and reviews plans, construction drawings, specifications, and bid documents for projects; defines deficiencies and coordinates the design of new facilities to accomplish the City’s goals and objectives.
  4. Prepares cost estimates for various projects and develops requests for proposals (RFP’s); evaluates park development proposals; participates in the selection, supervision, and monitoring of technical and professional consultants required for departmental and City projects.
  5. Prepares and tracks all park and landscape planning reviews and approves plans and specifications submitted by developers, landscape architects, and consulting engineers relating to park and landscape development City-wide.
  6. Performs project management duties on assigned capital improvement projects including park improvement and expansion projects, development of new and improved community facilities, and trail development; participates in the development of and monitors performance against the capital budget; provides staff support on CIP projects through planning, design development, and preparation of bid documents.
  7. Provides for the coordination of capital improvement programs with City operations staff to insure input during program development and design as well as smooth transfer of new capital facilities and parks to City operation following construction.
  8. Coordinates with contractors and consultants performing all types of construction management and inspection activities to ensure construction practices are in compliance with City standards.
  9. Coordinates construction activities of projects to ensure project progresses on schedule and within prescribed budget; modifies schedules and plans as required.
  10. Oversees the preparation of specifications and bidding documents for the design, construction, renovation, and landscaping of the City’s parks and recreation facilities; solicits, reviews, and recommends award of contracts; evaluates work of contractors.
  11. Facilitates and participates in organizational and community park planning meetings; responds to and resolves community and organizational inquiries and complaints.
  12. Participates in a variety of construction activities including construction inspection, construction submittal review, and release of building permits based on construction progress and COA’s.
  13. Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees as assigned; prepares and presents staff reports and other written and oral presentations to appropriate boards, groups and/or committees including the City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, and other subcommittees on park and landscape development projects.
  14. Coordinates assigned park planning activities with those of other divisions, departments, and outside agencies and organizations; participates as part of the plan check team to update the City’s Standard Plan and Specifications through the Engineering Department.
  15. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of park planning and development; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
  16. Assists with grant preparation and administration.
  17. Provides work coordination and project direction for other park planning personnel.
  18. Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a parks and landscape development program. Principles, practices, and trends in park planning and development. Principles and practices used in the design and construction of public facilities and parks. Contract development and administration principles and practices including construction inspection principles. Recent developments, current literature, research methods, and sources of information related to municipal planning, urban growth, and development. Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation. Methods and techniques of eliciting community participation in planning and development issues. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Grant development principles and practices. Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:
Perform professional level planning duties in the planning and development of the City’s park system, open space, trails, and landscaped parkways. Prepare contract documents and specifications for the construction, development, and landscaping of parks, parkways, trails, and open space areas. Express ideas effectively in comprehensive written and oral presentations to City commissions and the City Council. Oversee multiple projects simultaneously and be sensitive to deadlines and changing priorities. Negotiate contracts with and coordinate project consultants. Review and interpret designs, plans, and specifications for compliance with current standards, laws, codes, and regulations for solutions to problems, cost estimating, and constructability. Analyze and compile statistical and technical information. Prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence. Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in park/landscape planning or a related field.

Two years of increasingly responsible park planning experience that includes construction experience.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Office and field setting; travel to different locations; incumbents may be exposed to inclement weather conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and field setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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Brentwood, CA 94513  
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